Healthy Swaps-Macadamia Nuts

The ultimate guide to having your cake and eating it too (continued).

If you love shortbread or coconut butter cookies, try this trick. Take a handful of roasted macadamia nuts and close your eyes. Pop a few in your mouth and chew slowly. Crunchy, buttery, sweet –– and taste that hint of coconut?

Macadamia_Nuts Although they're pretty densely packed with fat, it's the healthy, unsaturated kind. And because they are so rich and filling, macadamias are satiating. You're less likely to overindulge. If you love the flavor, try some macadamia nut butter on a piece of warm, whole-grain toast.

Ten to 12 macadamia nuts deliver about 200 calories and 20 grams of fat, but they are also very low in carbohydrates (4 grams), have little impact on blood sugar, and deliver protein (2 grams), fiber (2 grams), magnesium, iron, calcium, and a good assortment of other minerals. They can satisfy a sweet craving while contributing to heart health and blood sugar regulation.







Reviewed by Susan Weiner, R.D., M.S., C.D.E., C.D.N. 3/08

 

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